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Enraged Youths, Women, Burn Down Police Station In Niger Over Priest’s Murder

On Tuesday, January 17th, women and youth reportedly set fire to the Kafin-koro Police Divisional Office after a Catholic priest in Niger State’s Paikoro Local Government Area was burned to death.

Evangelical Church Winning All and Catholic women groups gathered on the grounds of the burned Parish at 7 am on Tuesday to pray against those who burned the Catholic priest, according to a resident of Kafin Koro who only gave his name as Jonathan. This is when the incident reportedly started.

 

He said, “As the women were praying, some policemen arrived at the venue saying they were a detachment from the Kafin-koro Police Division drafted to the church to provide protection for them.”

“The women rejected the protection and requested that the police should leave because the police didn’t provide protection for the dead priest neither did they show up on time when they were called.”

Jonathan said that when the police refused to leave the residence of the late priest, the women threw stones and sachet water at the police then the police left.

Narrating on, he said; “After the prayers, the women were joined by some youths to match peacefully through the major road of the town to the Police Division chanting anti-police slogans to the Police Division to register their grievances as they asked the police to leave the town since their presence is of no security value to the community.”

“As the police were trying to disperse the crowd, the police began shooting into the air and one of the bullets hit a man who died immediately so that was how the protest turned violent,” he said

In the course of the incident, according to Jonathan, the enraged youths set fire to the police division office.

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